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Songs & Stories Songwriter Showcase featuring Muscle Shoals

Friday, July 19th


See, hear, and meet songwriter at Songs & Stories Songwriters Showcase featuring Muscle Shoals writers at OWA Theater on July 19th!

Join us center stage at OWA Theater to enjoy talented songwriters at Songs & Stories Songwriters Showcase featuring songwriters from Muscle Shoals on July 19th at 7:30pm!  From grammy award winner artists to beloved writers of soulful melodies, these writers will bring an incredible evening of original sound as they share their stories behind the songs!

The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival and OWA Theater proudly present this exceptional evening celebrating talented song writers magic from Gary Nichols, Trey Nichols, Mark Narmore, and Lindy Urban! Don’t miss this chance to be apart of this musical journey showcasing the incredible talent on the same night center stage at OWA Theater!

Doors open at 6pm! Arrive early to grab drinks and refreshments!

Grab tickets here before they sell out! 



Reserved – $34.99

Preferred – $39.99

Mezzanine – $44.99

Group (10+) – $29.99

For group reservations, please contact Group Sales at [email protected] or 251-923-3490

About the artists:

Gary spent seven years with The SteelDrivers, stepping in for founding member Chris Stapleton when he made his exit in 2009 to pursue a career in country music. Nichols seemed an ideal replacement, with his soulful, bluesy voice. He recorded a pair of successful projects with the band, taking home a Grammy in the process. When the Alabama native dropped out of the band, and seemingly off the planet, in 2017, SteelDrivers fans were flummoxed and confused. But Gary had decided that it was finally time to deal with his addictions.

Fully recovered, and with a newfound passion for music, he has signed with Nashville’s RBR Entertainment, and begun recording bluegrass again with Billy Droze producing.  Their debut collaboration, “Fire In The Dark” reached number one on both the Grassicana and Bluegrass Today charts.  On a parallel path, with his producing partners Dan Hannon and Michael Shane Wright, he has completed the recording of an album in Muscle Shoals called “Learning How To Walk Again” that tells the story of his rise and fall and the road to recovery that followed. 

Trey Nichols is a Muscle Shoals-native singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been writing and performing his original material in his hometown and the surrounding areas since before he could drive. The son of Grammy Award-winning artist Gary Nichols, Trey grew up surrounded by musicians, instruments and studios. Nichols says being immersed in such a rich musical culture gave him an incredible connection to music at a young age. 
Nichols is a mixed bag when it comes to genre. His solo original projects lean into folk, Americana and even some country influences; however, Nichols primarily has a deep love for rock music of all kinds. He plays acoustic covers of 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s rock—his favorite decade to focus on being the 90s—with some country and pop mixed in here and there. Nichols describes himself as less of a “jukebox” and more of a “vending machine”. He can’t exactly play every song out there, but his extensive variety is bound to please nearly everyone. 
 Nichols is also the frontman of Shoals-based rock band Yes Trespassing, who has toured across the Southeast and even spent a week playing shows in Austin, TX for South by Southwest in March of 2022. They have released a total of 8 songs since June of 2021 and are planning an year of nonstop releases and shows for 2023. Needless to say, Nichols stays busy and there’s almost always a guitar in his hand.

Mark was raised and still resides in Center Star, Alabama, in the shadow of the music mecca of Muscle Shoals. He grew up loving and emulating the sounds from those Shoals studios and has had a 37 year career as a songwriter. Mark has had songs recorded by Josh Turner, Tonja Rose, Chris Golden, Bernard Allison, Brandy Clark, Reba, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah, Neal McCoy Blackhawk, Terri Clark, Sandy Carroll (Jim Gaines producer) Craig Morgan, Tenille Arts, Big Daddy Wilson (Jim Gaines producer), Carly Pearce, CoCo O’Connor (Grant Walden producing) and many others. His song “That’s What I Love About Sunday” was the most performed song at country radio in 2005 according to Billboard magazine and spent five weeks at number one. Also it was the #8 Billboard country song of the 2000’s decade, and achieved gold sales status. His first cut was on the Shoals supergroup Shenandoah…the solely penned “Moon Over Georgia” became a top five hit nationally. Mark was also co-writer along with Walt Aldridge on the number two country hit by Blackhawk, “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday”. Mark was awarded a bronze star for his musical achievements which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame. His songs have appeared on nine gold or platinum albums.

Linday is a musician singer-songwriter from a small town in Northwest Alabama. She been honing her craft since she was 9 years old. Beginning with picking up a ukulele her mom bought her for Christmas. Lindy has since then moved onto guitar and have become an excellent player. Her songwriting began before age 9 and has grown exponentially in her ability now at the age of 16. Her vocal tone is very rich and has been compared to the voices of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Nora Jones, to name a few. Lindy specializes in creating music that blends elements of folk, blues and rock and roll. Her music is inspired by legends such as Stephen Stills and Bonnie Raitt.